Fishing masterclasses at Sydney International Boat Show

LEARN how to fish at the the 54th Sydney International Boat Show’s fishing masterclasses on the Suzuki Suzumar Main Stage, included with the cost of entry.

The daily fishing line-up is hosted by Channel 7’s Fishing, Boating and Coastal Weather Expert Paul Burt. Burty’s fishing presentations are always popular, along with a few yarns he spins along the way. This year he’s talking about ‘deep water dropping’ on the continental shelf. Learn the how and what to look for when targeting bass groper, bar cod, flame snapper and more using Shimano electric reels.

Peter ‘PJ’ Johnson is a long-term member of the longest running radio fishing show ‘Hi-Tide’ heard every weekend. He’s a former commercial snapper fisher and a very successful club angler with many titles and records to his name. PJ takes to the Suzuki Suzumar Main Stage at the Show presenting his talk on ‘Snapper Secrets’.

Also on stage, Rhys Creed returns with his passion for landing the mighty Murray Cod. Rhys is a dedicated freshwater angler who has built his world around helping others to fish through his online platform, Social Fishing. This has taken him around the country, creating films, online content, as well as appearing on plenty of TV programs, proving to be a popular speaker on stage over the past decade. Hear Rhys share his secrets for ‘Catching Murray Cod’ during the Show.

No expert fishing line-up would be complete without the inclusion of the legendary Tim Simpson. From catching huge mako sharks and swordfish from trailer boats to 500-kilogram tuna and marlin, Tim has done it all. At last count, he’s amassed at least seven World Records. Tim delights in sharing the skills he’s developed and will be on stage showcasing his topic ‘Targeting Gamefish’.

Join Justin Duggan at the show too, as he presents tips on fishing close to home. As well as being the owner and operator of Sydney Flyfishing Tours, Justin is an accomplished professional fishing guide and knows the east coast like no other. Justin will be on stage showcasing his topic on ‘Fishing Sydney Harbour,’ a must for any local anglers who want to learn about the best and sometimes secret locations to land the finest catch on the harbour.

If catching Australian bass is proving challenging, the show presents the ‘Voodoo Fisherman’ himself Leroy Horton. Renowned for understanding the ‘hoodoo behind the gills’, Leroy uncovers those elusive techniques used by the pros, from rod types to setting reel drag and more, Leroy will certainly deliver tricks to put the most pressure on the fish while putting the least strain on you and your tackle.

When it comes to using lures, Greg Reid provides his expertise on the most effective and durable lures to use in Australia. He’s also switched onto the latest tech and gadgets enjoyed by both recreational and professional anglers right around the world. Greg’s presentation at the Show ‘Surface Fishing for Flatties’ outlines the methods for perfecting one of the most popular types of fishing in shallow waters around Australia.

Boat Show Ambassador, Rugby League legend and presenter of his own show, Andrew “ET” Ettingshausen now spends most of his time with a rod in the water. ET will be bringing all that action and excitement as he embarks upon the 2023 Sydney International Boat Show – and it’s safe to say he’s got some stories to tell as he hits the Suzuki Suzumar Main Stage for a one-on-one chat with Paul Burt at 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. You can also meet ET at the Escape Fishing with ET Hub on the Marina Foreshore every day of the show.

Whether a fishing enthusiast or just mildly curious, visitors will also enjoy the all-new Shimano Fishing Tank Show presented by Australian fishing expert, Dave “Mossy” Moss. With his vast knowledge and enthusiasm for fishing, Mossy enthrals with his highly entertaining presentation featuring his best tips and tricks for catching that prize fish. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser for both kids and adults alike. Plus, there’s over $1000 worth of great prizes being given away after every fishing tank show, thanks to Shimano, Lowrance and Gamakatsu.

The Shimano Supertank is also hosting Underwater Australasia and their QYSEA FiFish V-EVO underwater drone demonstration. Watch as this incredible machine capable of diving down to 100 metres, motors through the tank showcasing its diversity and skill.

For visitors wanting to learn more about successfully seeking Murray cod, bream and even marlin using electronics, the Garmin presentation showcases their latest products and how to correctly use technology to locate that next prized catch. Watch too for the Garmin Force Kraken, the most powerful trolling motor the recreational fishing market has yet seen.

The Suzuki Suzumar Main Stage wouldn’t be complete without Suzuki Marine speaking about their Clean Ocean Project. Some Suzuki outboard engines actually help clean the ocean whilst powering around. This is achieved by capturing micro plastics in specially designed filters. Hear all about this and other exciting projects at the show.

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